In what is being considered as a major embarrassment for Bihar government and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, it has been revealed that two cabinet ministers have been renting out their official bungalows for marriages and parties. Sources said that these ministers earn around 2.5 to 3 lakh per day for renting out their official bungalows. It may be recalled that commercial use of these bungalows is prohibited as per the law.
One of the ministers found to be doing this is Abdul Gafoor, minister for minority affairs in the state. Gafoor has been allotted a large bungalow at 3, Taylor Road in Patna. The bungalow has several acres of land and during the wedding season, it is kept ready with pandals, lighting and decorations, so that it can be rented out. The second minister involved in renting out his official bungalow is Shiv Chander Ram, Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs. His bungalow is located at 12 Strand Road and this too is being used for weddings and parties. Sources said that yearly income of these ministers from their renting business runs into several crores and most of it is unaccounted for.
BJP’s senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi has strongly criticized the actions of the two ministers and has demanded their sacking.